GE wins EDF deal to power 375,000 Scottish homes


EDF Renewables and Irish energy firm ESB have awarded to GE a contract for the design, supply, construction and commissioning of onshore and offshore wind substations for the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm in Scotland.

GE will provide four power transformers, four reactors, a static synchronous compensator, power quality components and gas-insulated switchgear—at 66kV, 220kV and 400kV—as well as protection and control, SCADA, and telecommunications systems.

GE will build the 400/220KV onshore wind substation on a greenfield site to enable EDf and ESB’s co-owned wind energy farm to generate energy equivalent to reducing carbon emissions by 400,000 tons or power 375,000 homes per annum.

The project will allow for 450MW of low carbon energy to be connected to the Scottish electricity grid. Neart na Gaoithe (which literally means “Strength of the Wind”) will play a major role in meeting the carbon emissions reduction targets of both the Scottish and UK governments.

GE is collaborating with HSM Offshore BV in the Netherlands and IV-One. HSM will provide the offshore topside platform designed by IV-One, that will house GE’s 220kV and 66kV substations.

The project is expected to be fully operational in 2023.

Wind energy is the fastest-growing renewable energy technology in Scotland, according to a statement.

Wind energy has powered 4.47 million homes in Scotland between January 2019 and June 2019, according to Weather Energy.

 “GE’s Grid Solutions business is very proud to work with our consortium collaborators to support both shareholders in their growing portfolios of onshore and offshore wind farms as well as to help deliver low carbon electricity generation in the UK,” said Gerhard Seyrling, GE’s Grid Solutions president & CEO Europe, Russia & CIS.